Growing Basil Indoors:guide and tips on planting herbs indoort to taking care of basil

how to grow basil indoor

While growing basil indoors or growing herbs basil can be challenging, it certainly is very possible. With a little planning and the right supplies, you can end up with a continuous crop of basil year round.

Requirements for Growing Basil Indoors

To grow basil indoors successfully, you will need a pot with good drainage, some rich soil, and proper lighting. This may be as easy as finding a bright window or you may need to make up a shelf with artificial lighting. You can find high output fluorescent lights or specially made plant lights at your local home improvement center. You’ll want to find an area that is free of drafts.

Soil

Planting basil indoors in the right soil is one of the keys to your success. Your soil should be well-drained and rich in nutrients. Find out the pH of your soil for the best results. Basil likes soil that ranges between 6.0 and 7.5 on the pH scale. You should monitor the pH every 4 to 6 weeks and keep it in the right range using organic fertilizer at half strength. While basil will do well just about anywhere outdoors, when you are growing it inside you need to attend to its needs more closely.

Watering and Care for Basil Plant

Your growing basil pots should have a good drainage hole so excess water can exit into a saucer.Always pay close attention to your basil’s water needs. The soil should be moist but not saturated. You can tell if you are giving your basil too much water by watching the leaves. Overwatered plants tend to turn pale yellow, but the leaves will not look dried out.

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Place your basil in a south-facing window with good light for at least six hours per day. If this is not possible, you may want to consider full spectrum grow lights.

When you are using artificial light, your plant will need at least ten to twelve hours of light per day. If you are combining natural and artificial light, three hours in the window and up to six hours under the lamps should be sufficient.

If your basil herb garden sets flowers, be sure to pinch them off. Leaf production will stop or slow down on a stem that sets flowers. Once the basil plant flowers, it will set seeds and wither.

Harvest and Storage-growing harvesting basil

You can begin harvesting your basil once the plant is at least six inches tall. Picking the leaves off as you need them will keep the plant producing more. By removing a leaf, it stimulates the dormant buds situated right above the leaf that was removed.

You can use your basil fresh or you can dry it in a dehydrator for storage. You can also use a microwave or a standard oven to dry your basil. Once the leaves are fully dried, store them in an air tight container to keep out the moisture. Dried basil will retain its full flavor for up to six months.

Growing basil indoors or outdoor your fresh basil stems can be kept in a jar of water with a plastic bag over the top. You can also store fresh basil leaves in olive oil. The leaves will impart a basil flavor to the oil, which can then be used for cooking.